Fresh produce companies honored among Canada’s best managed

As the full-service fresh produce marketing and distribution company celebrates its 160th year in business, Oppy said its position among Canada’s Best Managed companies continues to stand the test of time. Oppy’s name was called for the 17th consecutive year, and the company was honored as a member of the Best Managed Platinum Club for the eleventh time.

“It’s truly an honor to be named among Canada’s top companies,” said John Anderson, chairman president and CEO. “It’s a credit to our people, our culture and to the strategy that sustains our growth. It makes me extremely proud of all we have achieved, as I’ve watched our team face and overcome the daily challenges of our business by keeping our expect the world from us promise always at the forefront.”

Mastronardi Produce was once again recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation.

“Receiving this honor for the ninth consecutive year is a testament to the drive and determination of all our employees,” CEO Paul Mastronardi explained. “Thanks to our passionate and innovative team, we introduced some of our most creative products in our history. I’m grateful for their contributions and proud to share this recognition with them. In 2017, Mastronardi Produce launched several new, innovative products including the Sweet Bites® pail, the Sunset Flavor Bowl™ and the You Make Me™ line of pasta kits that contain a perfect portion of pasta for two (or a side dish for four) a spice packet, and fresh tomatoes that enable consumers to prepare a home cooked meal in 15 minutes or less.

Red Sun Farms
Red Sun Farms is proud to announce that it has been named one of Canada’s best managed companies. This makes it the fifth consecutive year that Red Sun Farms has received this prestigious recognition.

According to Red Sun Farms Chief Operations Officer Carlos Visconti, “This recognition is directly related to two key components of our organization. One is our vertically integrated business model, which controls every aspect of production process from seed selection to delivery, and two is our fantastic team of employees that make Red Sun Farms who we are.”

Fresh Direct Produce
Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. (“Fresh Direct”) is honored to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for seven consecutive years and also becomes a Platinum winner.

“Our Team is honored to receive the Best Managed Platinum Award for maintaining our commitment to pursuing excellence. It has been another stellar year of continuous learning and growth. Our business continues to expand across our conventional, organics and import produce divisions. We are proud to announce new packing lines and ripening rooms in both our brand new 53,000 sq. ft. facility in Calgary and our South Vancouver (Kent Ave.) facility, to better serve our customers.” says President and Co-Founder Davis Yung.

Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business Magazine, Queen's Smith School of Business, MacKay CEO Forums, and the TMX Group, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes organizations that have implemented world class business practices and created value in innovative ways. The Platinum Club honors top-performing companies that earn a place among the best for six years or more.

“It’s much more than just financial performance,” says Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and CoLeader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “The ingredients to success also include overall business performance and sustained growth. It takes dedication and commitment from the entire organization.”

Best Managed applications are reviewed annually by an independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.
For more information:
Karin Gardner
Tel: +1 (206) 499 7440

For more information:
Costin Beliciu
Red Sun Farms 

Karen Law
Fresh Direct Produce
Tel: (+1) 604-255-1330 

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